From The Vault: Cassie Tanks On ‘106 & Park’ [Performance]

Published: Sunday 10th Jan 2016 by Joe

This week’s From The Vault selection comes courtesy of Cassie and her infamous 106 & Park performance of single ‘Me & U.’

Extracted from her eponymous first album, “Me & U’ was the model’s debut effort. Released in 2005, the Ryan Leslie production was a sleeper-hit peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts in the US in 2006. It hit #6 in the United Kingdom the following year.

Beyond club play, it was the track’s high-octane video (which drew comparisons to Janet Jackson’s ‘Pleasure Principle’) that catapulted the release to the upper echelon of the charts.

Yet, could Cassie replicate the fierceness on-stage?

Unfortunately for the Bad Boy belle, the answer was an emphatic, embarrassing, and resounding “NO!”

Taking to the stage of BET’s then-flagship show, the beauty gave the ugliest of performances – characterized and immortalized by stiff, lazy, and laxed stage presence and vocals that just did not show up. Many wondered if she was asleep.

From the attempted acapella intro to the look of “even I know this is a mess” plastered on her pretty face , it was all a dismal disaster and ultimately spelled the end of whatever quest she had to be taken seriously. Her music career, as the last decade has shown, has never quite recovered.

It’s just her luck that this has happened back in 2006, because in the current viral age (see: Instagram, Facebook, memes and the like) her career in the broader sense (modelling included) is unlikely to have recovered.

Still, by way of her relationship with Diddy and a number of fashion focussed campaigns, she remains one of the most desirable ladies in the spotlight. Not a bad consolation prize.

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  1. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy January 10, 2016

    Damn that’s a beautiful girl, but what was Diddy thinking when he signed her? Also, what are the background singers doing? They ain’t helping her do sh*t…

    • Dev January 10, 2016

      They’re just miming to a backing track. There is no way there are 3 other people on this earth with the same bad vocals as Cassie

  2. Mother January 10, 2016

    ???

    • truth (Honey Adele is a FAT COTTAGE CHEESE eatn ho!) January 10, 2016

      Rhianna and Drake just dropped a new song Sam…called Work

      • Dev January 10, 2016

        Not quite a song, more a very low quality snippet

  3. ~The Arcade~ January 10, 2016

    Wow! I remember hearing, people tearing her to shreds for this infamous performance. Its been so long and this is my first time actually seeing this lol

  4. Dev January 10, 2016

    Now that is a case of non existent vocals! So much time has passed and i still cringe at the beginning when she’s part acapella and part backing track.
    I personally never got the hype with the song as it was lazy and basic in every sense of the word.

  5. Tuh January 10, 2016

    Given Rihanna “lose my breathe” tribute tease

  6. #TeamTinashe Stan January 10, 2016

    This mess….. girl.
    I wasn’t quite fond of Cassie at all. She didn’t show potential, imo the music video was a ?. Cassie has to be Diddy’s worst female artist or if not the worst artist he has ever signed tbh. Sorry to be harsh but it’s true. Today, I think she is a bit better and has a sense of what she wants to do but idk about live performance.

    And I am vey aware the several ties of fans that will be awaiting for my presence below this comment like always woth their cheap slander ?.

    • #TeamTinashe Stan January 10, 2016

      *very

      • #TeamTinashe Stan January 10, 2016

        “With

    • #JACKIE January 10, 2016

      This performance slays Tinashe’s dreadful ass.

  7. Ughhhh January 10, 2016

    That messy juice still being shady in 2016. This blog spends too much time comparing artist, insulting and criticing. No wonder the only black female artist that are herd on the radio are Beyonce, Rihanna and Nicki minaj because we are always trying to tear someone down, rather than make room for improvement and room for all. Stop being the poison and start being the cure to more minorities on the radio and on award staged that salty juice.

    • Ughhhh January 10, 2016

      Stages*

      • Ar January 10, 2016

        heard*

      • Ughhhh January 10, 2016

        Thank you @Ar

  8. Gee January 10, 2016

    This performance was not a good look on all fronts maybe she was not prepared for the performance or maybe she did not take it seriously and it hurt her big time. Either way she is still living a fabulous life by way of Puff.

  9. ???Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans??? January 10, 2016

    Her song, “King of Hearts”, is actually a great vocal performance and she did great singing it live on 106 & Park, so I guess that was her redemltion. Lol!

  10. Royalkev January 10, 2016

    Cassie’s so pretty! I wish this performance turned out to be a better one for her. I actually forgot how much I had ‘Me and U’ on repeat, I remembered each and every adlib in this song.

    • ???Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans??? January 10, 2016

      You know what, hun? If “Shake it Off” was nominated for a Grammy for the “Best Pop Solo Performance” category, then “Me & U” sure as hell could’ve been nominated for the same. I’m just calling it as I see it.

      • Royalkev January 10, 2016

        Was it nominated that year? ‘Shake It Off’ was actually a lot better than this song. ‘Me & U’ was just one of those songs that was out at the right time. You heard it every time you stepped out that summer. It grew on you!

  11. Dylan Birks January 10, 2016

    This post was shady. I’m calling it like I see it because Cassie already redeemed herself and showed she was over her stage fright and could sing with
    https://youtu.be/kmyPEOhZOWU

  12. What now January 11, 2016

    SCREAMING! She is pretty af tho.

  13. John January 11, 2016

    did she get help to prepare? because, its not like she sounds awful, she was dragging the words. Most likely because she was nervous. Understood but the dance moves, what happen to the choreography?

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